Nick & Nikki’s Sweet Philadelphia Wedding

I don’t have much information on Nick & Nikki’s sweet Philadelphia wedding, but I felt the gorgeous images by Love Me Do Photography spoke a thousand words.

“They beautifully lit the space with purples, blues, and yellows, creating a vibrant and fun atmosphere,” wrote photographer Carina & Amanda. “Details of their wedding reception included Star Wars figurines in the terrariums and cat bride and groom on top of the wedding cake.”

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A Creative & Colourful Vintage Explosion

I teased you with this shoot on the blog last Friday, and since then I’ve been getting daily tweets and facebook messages asking when I’m blogging the full thing…so needless to say I think you’re going to like this baby just as much as I do!

This styled shoot was set up by photographer Andrea Ellison who wanted to get together with some of her favourite wedding industry companions and create something great. She told me all about it last week, “I had been speaking with Mandy from Saddleworth Shindigs for a while about arranging a shoot “just for the pure hell of it ”  The time was never right and we couldn’t find anyone suitable….and then Amelia Rose Wheeler walked past me in a pub dressed to the nines like she had just walked off a 1940’s film set…I set off in hot persuit  leaving  my hubby chewing his own leg off with embarrassment as I picked up our model…she is a burlesque dancer called  be_bop_ a_lulu who also owns a vintage clothes store and she is just aceness itself.”

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Under The Spotlight – Special Events Painter, Arlissa Vaughn

Artist Arlissa Vaughn specialises in wedding day paintings, something you might not have considered (or even heard of) until now, but something that can certainly add a new dimention to how you document your wedding day. This unique idea usually sees Arlissa attending the wedding and painting live – which can also add an extra element of entertainment to the day.

She explains, “Wedding paintings are seen as a bit of a novelty, and some have suggested it is a new trend in wedding services. However, if you look into art history, it’s easy to find that actually marriage paintings aren’t anything new and have long been a tradition of documenting the joining of a couple. Some were painted on-site then finished in the studio, while others were painted before or after the wedding. Some examples from history include Jan van Eyck’s painting commonly referred to as The Arnolfini Wedding,  1434 A.D, Marc Chagall’s Wedding Candles, 1945, and Vladimir Makovsky’s Goodbye Papa, 1894, among others.”

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Oysters, Beach Huts & Paddling in the Sea – Abby & Julian’s Beautiful Whitstable Beach Wedding

Ahh the great British seaside! While we can’t rival (what seems like) the rest of the world in the sunshine stakes, our beach resorts certainly do have some beautiful British charm don’t they? I’ve visited Whitstable a number of times (it’s where we shot the mad hatter bride shoot!), and I have to say, photographer Joanna Brown‘s capture of this wonderful town is pretty much perfect. What a lucky couple Abby & Julian are to have had her as their wedding photographer!

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Oysters, Beach Huts & Paddling in the Sea – Abby & Julian’s Beautiful Whitstable Beach Wedding

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Ahh the great British seaside! While we can't rival (what seems like) the rest of the world in the sunshine stakes, our beach resorts certainly do have some beautiful British charm don't they? I've visited Whitstable a number of times (it's where we shot the mad hatter bride shoot!), and I have to say, photographer Joanna Brown's capture of this wonderful town is pretty much perfect. What a lucky couple Abby & Julian are to have had her as their wedding photographer! After Julian proposed on Whitstable beach in September, the seaside town seemed like the perfect place to get married too. The couple were wed at The Beacon House on the seafront. "We both really wanted to get married, but to be honest neither of us were particularly fussed about a fancy wedding, and once I'd had a look at a couple of wedding magazines I started having mini-palpitations at the horror and the cost of it all," Abby told me. " I do love a wedding, but I hate being centre of attention myself and the whole coordinated, packaged nightmare of it was enough to bring me out in a sweat. We did visit a few beautiful venues, but knew they were just not us, and the final straw was visiting a perfectly manicured courtyard garden venue which had installed a permanent marquee 'facility' complete with carpet tiles AND bow back seat covers (my two pet hates), glowing colour change pillars 'to fit your colour scheme' and multi-function twinkling 'star canopy'. They were so proud of it and it just epitomised everything I hate and DID NOT WANT at our wedding. Finding the world of wedding blogs was a revelation and really just gave me the confidence to do what we wanted all along."

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Alexandra & Kevin’s Homespun, Canadian Wedding

After a ceremony at Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, Alexandra & Kevin headed back to the bride’s family home for their reception. Alexandra and her sister were actually married within a week of each other (!) and so they both decorated the property to suit both their weddings.

Their photographers treated the couple to a ride on their pink cruiser bike for their portraits as it perfectly complimented the bride’s 50’s inspired Dolly Couture dress.

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Under The Spotlight – The Vintage Wedding Fair at The Old Finsbury Town Hall

On July 2nd,  The Old Finsbury Town Hall, London will play host to the first Vintage Wedding Fair hosted by Zoe Lem who has over 15 years experience as a stylist and vintage collector. The venue is a beautiful old Victorian stain glass building – the perfect place to host a vintage style wedding in fact.

Zoe explains, “The wedding market is ever evolving and the need for something different and the desire for all things vintage has been steadily growing. I have dealt with many brides over the years that are all searching for an original idea and something that goes against the mass produced scary big dress wedding that so many fear. Vintage has become the buzz word in both mainstream fashion and bridal, whether original vintage or vintage inspired.”

“Having launched my own vintage style wedding collection which the key is ensuring that the shape and era are the perfect match for both your body and wedding. I have a clear understanding of the key to the era’s that suit the ladies of today, bringing together for this event the perfect mix of her favourite vintage suppliers.”

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